A flag flies over a department of corrections building ablaze during protests, late Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis., sparked by the shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha Police officer a day earlier.

A Black man shot in the back, a teenage shooting suspect, a city in flames: The week that shook Kenosha and the country

Updated 6:01 PM ET, Fri September 4, 2020

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.

(CNN)It took less than five minutes from a 911 call being placed reporting a domestic disturbance to a White officer firing seven times into Jacob Blake's back in front of the 29-year-old Black man's three young sons.

Those five minutes on August 23 set off chaos in Kenosha, Wisconsin: Protests and looting spread through the lakeside city's streets, leaving burnt and boarded-up buildings across a swath of downtown. Two days later, the encounter sparked another tragedy, when a 17-year-old who claimed to be defending a business shot three other people during a confrontation, killing two. And Blake's shooting reverberated nationally, with NBA, MLS and MLB stars refusing to play in an unprecedented protest.
Like other cell phone videos of police officers shooting or killing Black men, the 22-second clip of Officer Rusten Sheskey firing into Blake's back, filmed through the screen window of a neighbor's apartment across the street, ricocheted around the internet.  
But authorities' refusal for days to confirm even the most basic details about Blake's shooting created a vacuum